One Small Step: The 50th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon
May
12
to Jul 28

One Small Step: The 50th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon

The challenge of spaceflight drew upon the best and the brightest of a generation, and was the longest, most public and dramatic drama of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. With unshakeable momentum, the race to take the first steps on the Moon served as a unifying counterpoint to the turbulent 1960s. With NASA’s successful Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969, successfully landed two men on the lunar surface and returned them safely to Earth. 

The Center of History and Science exhibition includes black-and-white and color photographs of the historic mission where men from Earth first set foot on the Moon. Also included will be a Lunar Theater where the guests can learn more about the manned moon missions of fifty years ago. Interpretive text, graphics and popular culture artifacts from the period will also be displayed. 

In the five decades since the manned missions our Moon has not been forgotten. The exhibition will display amazing, large-scale, high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface taken between 2009 and 2015 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. These images provide unique visual data to help answer our questions about the Moon's formation, its continuing geological evolution and its relationship to Earth.

Looking forward, the exhibition considers the future of the Moon, when we might return and the potential for a continual presence for humankind on our only natural satellite.

Accompanying the exhibition will be daily presentations in the Koch Immersive Theater of a special planetarium show that which explains further the supreme feat of landing astronauts on the Moon. An interactive planetarium show with the same name as the exhibition will use the unique capabilities of the Museum’s digital planetarium to details our satellites’ unique relationship with Earth, highlight a few of the manned and unmanned missions which proceeded the Moon landings and showcase archival footage of the Apollo missions. Admission to the planetarium show will be complimentary with every paid admission to the Museum.

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Jun
23
to Aug 18

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

Open to artists residing in southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois and western Kentucky, this competition will feature nocturnal views or works on the theme of space.

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OUT OF SIGHT! THE 1960S REMEMBERED THROUGH THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Aug
4
to Sep 28

OUT OF SIGHT! THE 1960S REMEMBERED THROUGH THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

As part of the Museum’s look at the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, artwork in all media created in the decade of the 1960s are featured in this permanent collection exhibition.

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WILLIAM WESLEY PETERS ARCHITECTURE
Aug
11
to Oct 27

WILLIAM WESLEY PETERS ARCHITECTURE

This exhibition will recall the career of architect and engineer Evansvillian William Wesley Peters, 1912-1991. Peters worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on such famous structures as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. After Wrights’s death, Peters produced designs ranging from the Kaden Tower in Louisville to the Pearl Palace in Iran. 

Born in Terre Haute, Peters’ family moved to Evansville and he graduated from Bosse High School in 1929. He then attended Evansville College before continuing his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1932, he became Frank Lloyd Wright’s first apprentice joining the famed architect’s Taliesin Fellowship in 1932. 

The exhibition will focus on Wright’s Evansville career—with a special emphasis on the Peters-Margedant House—a prototype for the development of the Usonian style of architecture—that was moved to the University of Evansville’s campus in 2016, his career with Frank Lloyd Wright, and his post Wright career. Images, drawings, and models will illustrate the work of an Evansvillian who established a world-wide reputation in architecture and design.

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ROBERT JACKSON: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Aug
25
to Nov 3

ROBERT JACKSON: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Accomplished painter Robert C. Jackson (born 1964) began his career as an electrical engineer and then as an assistant pastor before settling on his full-time and fulfilling career as a contemporary still life artist. His work is represented in major museums and corporate collections across the United States, including the Evansville Museum. The artist will teach in three area high schools during his weeklong residency.

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Eureka: How Science Knows
Nov
10
to Jan 19

Eureka: How Science Knows

There are a number of natural phenomena in science that have been well-understood in for decades, and in some instances, centuries. Many of these scientific facts have been around so long that few question their authenticity, despite having no knowledge of how these phenomena initially became to be understood. 

Tapping into a universal interest in understanding our world, this exhibition will seek to engage guests in a deeper understanding about how science works. Created in conjunction with experts in their respective fields, Eureka: How Science Knows presents the science that led to our understanding of many well-known phenomena, answering questions such as; “How do we know that inheritance involves chromosomes?”;  “How do we know that DNA is the stuff of heredity?” and; “How do we know that the Big Bang actually happened?”.  The exhibition explains the Scientific Method, the universal process whereby through systematic observation, measurement, and experimentation, hypothesis testing, and modification an idea about how something works arises.

The exhibition highlights the work of select scientists and shows that although work is often done by individuals working in isolation, science depends on continuous interactions within the scientific community. Furthermore, although different parts of the scientific process may be carried out by different people at different times, the development of experiments or the making of observations based on conjecture and thought are the foundation for all science.

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THE ART & INVENTIONS OF RUBE GOLDBERG
Apr
28
to Jul 21

THE ART & INVENTIONS OF RUBE GOLDBERG

A nationally traveling exhibition explores the life and work of Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. You can read more about Rube Goldberg in our E Museum Blog!

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